First win: Jimmy Prock, crew chief on Robert Hight's Funny Car, originally wanted to do the same thing that Jones has done - offset the single bar to the right - because on the fuel cars it hits that right tire so hard and wads it up so bad that sometimes they have trouble getting up on the tire and it goes into shake. [...] thoughts?
THE FINAL TAKE with Mike Dunn Pro Stock Concrete Buell and ran a best of 7.06 First win: It was good to see single offset bar was a good another first-time winner in idea for the starting line, but Motorcycle with the help of Rick Maney. Funny Car with Bob Tasca III Prock was worried that if the Craig Treble, Although he has been as quick as car locked up the clutch and and crew chief Chris who rarely 6.50 on his nitro-burning Harley- Cunningham. I worked with got up on the bar farther makes a Davidson, he claims the Pro Stock Chris for a couple of years downtrack, it might tip it over, mistake on the bike is much more difficult to ride. when I drove for Darrell so he put two wheelie bars on starting line, “The Harley has no transmission, so Gwynn in the 1990s, probably it, like the old days. He wanted was practically you’re pretty much just hanging on through 1994. Chris is a really the offset but needed the at a loss for for dear life,” said Horne. “This knowledgeable guy and a hell of a second one just in case. One wheelie bar words following [Buell] is much more technical.” character. He and his dad have been is lighter, but it wasn’t worth the risk. the .236 friends with the Gwynns for years. Chris reaction time Ordering a new set of leathers for seems to work well with Marc Denner; No surprise: It certainly wasn’t any that led to his the 2009 season, Angie McBride there’s a mutual respect there, and I surprise to me or anyone else that Larry first-round loss against Shawn Gann. wasn’t sure what name to have think Marc coming over helped shore Dixon, Alan Johnson, and Jason “I have no idea what the heck stitched onto the back because she some things up. They certainly looked McCulloch have won already this year. happened. It seemed like it took plans to become Mrs. Matt Smith good. They didn’t have the quickest e.t.s I’ll be honest, there’s no reason to think forever for the Tree to come on,” later this year. McBride compromised of race day, so it’s a pretty good bet they that this can’t be the beginning of Treble said. and chose “Future Smith” assuming were just a bit on the soft side, and it’s another successful year for Alan that, at some point, the “Future” will real easy to try to run soft and end up Johnson. I’m not saying he’s going to It was far from the quickest run of be removed. running softer than you had hoped for. win 15 races again — though anything is the weekend, but Ryan Schnitz’s 7.18 possible — but he’s just got it so figured aboard Rob Muzzy’s Kawasaki ZX-14 McBride’s chance to race in her first was labeled by many insiders as one final came to an end when her Buell, Changing track: The Gatornationals out, which is amazing because he has all was another race where the crew new parts. When he was at of the best runs of the event, which is tuned by Robbie East, chiefs really earned their pay. The Schumacher’s, they’d buy clutch discs a regardless of class. The run wouldn’t go back into low gear middle of the track was terrible in year ahead of time so they’d know what represented a nearly two-tenths following her burnout against round- qualifying, but it got better as the race they’re going to run. It takes a while to improvement over the team’s two opponent Hines. went on, and the starting line got figure out any new batch of clutch discs previous efforts. “We’ve been busy — to find their coefficient of friction worse. I really saw that with the Pro this winter,” said Muzzy. “We took a Shortly after Stock guys and even some of the fuel (how much they’ll grab) and how much lot of weight off the bike, but there is riding his guys; I think that’s why Antron Brown they’ll wear or fade under heat, all of still more we can do. It’s just going Nitro Fish smoked the tires in the second round. which affects the application. As long as to take some time.” Suzuki to a the clutch discs are consistent, a guy like runner-up Another rider who has dramatically finish, Smith Bald is beautiful: We all know that the A.J. will figure it out pretty quickly. He’s starting line can get some bald spots pretty sharp in the clutch. Like I’ve said stepped up his program for 2009 is drove back where the rubber goes away, but I find before, he doesn’t have more horsepower Wes Wells, who qualified ninth to his home than everyone else. I’d
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